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Patient Education

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors free community-based education programs designed for patients and their families.

National and local experts, including doctors and other healthcare professionals, lead these programs, described below. They offer education and information that will deepen the public's understanding of treatment options and strengthen decision-making and coping skills related to the many aspects of survivorship.


Upcoming program:

Annual Blood Cancer Conference

"New Paths to Treatment and Hope"


February 28, 2015

10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Mercy Medical Center Downtown Campus Conference and Education Center

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This conference is free.

Complementary boxed lunch and snacks provided


Pre-registration is required by Monday, February 23, 2015

CEUs for healthcare professionals are also available.

For information, contact Wendy Sontag at (800) 347-1074 or email

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.     Registration and vendors

 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.    Welcome and Joint Keynote for Professionals and Patients Dr. Brian Freeman, Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates

12:00 - 1:20 p.m.       Session II - Patient  Conversations with the Experts: acute leukemia, chronic leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MDS/MPN, transplant.

1:20                         Transition


1:30 - 2:20 p.m.         Session III  - Break Outs

     1. What is Your Skin/Sweat Trying to  Tell You? Using biofeedback to reduce stress and anxiety.  Jeffrey K. Ellens, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist

     2. What's Your Story? Self-reflective writing and survivorship: an act of recovery, discovery and growth.  Yasmina Madden, Drake University Visiting Professor of English.

     3. When Can I Play? Physical wellness and exercise to maximize survivorship.  Trina Radske-Suchan, MPT, CSCS, FMSC, Medical Program Executive, YMCA

     4.  Why Can't I Remember? Coping with chemobrain.  Susan Fagg, MA, CCC/SLP, Mercy Rehabilitation

     5.  How Do I Return to Work?  Continuing working during and after treatment. Christine Brennan, Associate Director of Programs, Cancer and Careers

2:30 - 3:20 p.m.       Session IV (repeat of Session III break outs)

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.       Survivor panel - How LLS Can You and You Can Help LLS

4:00 - 4:10 p.m.       Closing and evaluations

4:10 - 5:30 p.m.       NEW this Year!  Post conference Meet and Greet with Above & Beyond Cancer founder, Dr. Richard L. Deming and local musician, James Biehn



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last updated on Tuesday, February 03, 2015